Safety Alert: Do Not Wear Lanyards When Travelling In A Vehicle
Friday 5th April 2019
There have been a couple of serious traffic accidents nationally, where the wearing identity lanyards around the drivers’ necks has exasperated the severity of the injuries sustained. The driver was involved in a minor car accident and was wearing their company lanyard and pass. The car airbag was deployed on impact and the force of the airbag caused the lanyard and pass to be pushed into the driver’s chest, causing a lung to collapse and requiring hospital treatment.
Had the person not been wearing their lanyard and pass at the time, they would have most likely walked away relatively unscathed.
In another accident, a NHS worker stored a lot of keys on her lanyard for medicine cabinets, lockers etc. She got into her car and was driving home, but did not remove her lanyard. Unfortunately she also had a crash that triggered the airbag. The force of the airbag caused the keys to perforate her bowel, she was in hospital for over 6 weeks and she may need a stoma bag. She has been off work now for 6 months.
Please bring this safety alert to the attention of all employees and continue to remind everyone they should remove lanyards, spectacles or anything which could cause injuries if the air bag is deployed before travelling in a vehicle.
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